Listener Publications (index)

The following consists of all the Listener columns, feature articles and reviews published on the website, in chronological order. All the items since 1998 are there, plus a selection of those published earlier, beginning with the first one in December 1977.

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(The first 76 columns up to January 1981 were published in Economics for New Zealand Social Democrats.)

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1977 (1)
December 10: The Third Great Depression

1978 (1)
November 18: A. W. H. Phillips: 1914-1975

1979 (3)
March 17: What Are Mothers Worth?
May 12: 1966 and All That
November 24: Riches Without Wealth

1980 (1)
August 3:Blood Brotherhood

1981 (7)
13 January: Some Hope
28 February: Highly Concentrated
25 April: Compensating Factors
23 May: All the Keynes Men
23 May: Free to Choose by Milton and Rose Friedman (Review)
18 July: Island Industry
October 10: Economy Or Lack of it

1982 (1)
December 22: Challenges to the Comfortable

1983 (1)
December 3: Sequencing

1984 (3)
July 21: Freeze and Thaw

August 4: Ssh …It’s the Big ‘‘D’’
August 18: Confidentially Yours

1985 (2)
July 27: Devaluation!: Five Turbulent Days in 1984 and Then …
December 14: In the Midst of Plenty

1986 (2)
February 1: The Error of Era
February 15: Some More Equal Than Others

1987 (1)
May 30: Valuing A Good Time, Dearie

1988 (0)

1989 (0)

1990 (3)
February 5: For Whom the Treaty Tolls
May 14: The Green Maori
May 28: Marks of Change

1991 (6)
February 25:Waist Deep in the Big Muddy?
April 22: The Hole in the Reserve Bank
May 6: Stamp Collecting Brierly
May 20: Tikanga and Te-onera-o-tohe
June 3: The Porter Project
June 17: Centesimus Annus: A Theological Challenge to Economists.

1992 (1)
December 19: It’s in the Blood

1993 (4)
January 9: Of Pigs and People
January 23: Asymmetrical Sex
February 20: Prostate Economics
November 27: Suffer the Children

1994 (12)
January 15: A Wolf in Lion’s Clothing
January 29: Curiouser and Curiouser
February 12: What the Reserve Bank Believes
February 26: Who Controls the Exchange Rate?
March 12: Growth Prospects: Is Our Current Growth Rate Sustainable?
April 23: Friends in High Places: Rogernomic Policies Have Powerful Allies in Australia
May 21: The Meaning of Influence.
July 7: The Legacy of A Poet: Milton! Thou Should Be Living in this Hour.
October 22: Crises in the CRIs: Science Research Has Been Failed
November 19: Measuring Inflation
December 17: Slow Growing
December 24: Contributions to Listener Books of the Year: 1994

1995 (17)
January 7: An Economy to Suit: the Emperor Discovers That Clothes Do Not Make A Man
January 21: Righting A Wrong
January 21: With Hard Labour: the Case of Alice Parkinson (Review)
February 18: A Quiet Revolutionary: Eru Woodbine Pomare: 1942-1995
June 10: Divided Issues: How Did the Myth of the Unified Maori Originate?
July 22: What Recovery? Will the Economic Recovery Filter Down?
August 5: An Unstable World Economy?
August 19: Parity and Bust: Dollar for Dollar is Not A Good Deal
September 2: Anything They Can Do …
September 16: Working on It?
September 30: Holding on to the Past: Governing National Archives
October 14: Hype and Bust: A Sorry Tale of Past Mistakes Contains Future Lessons
October 28: Images of Economics
November 11: A Healthy Prognosis
November 25: It’s Only Natural
December 12: The Formidable Politician
December 26: Systemic Failure

1966 (26)
January 13: Economist of the Year?
January 27: Russian Lessons
February 10: Action and Reaction
February 24: Caversham Class
March 9: Wild Data
March 23: Whose Heritage?
April 6: In the Balance
April 20: Five Hundred Years Late: The Effects of a Decision by a Chinese Emperor in 1432
May 4: Risky Retirement
May 18: Ex-FORTEX
May 25: Psst, Have You Heard?
June 1: Future Vision
June 15: Waiting for the Doctor
June 29: Panic-mongers
July 13: Elitism and the Election
July 27: Productivity Puzzle
August 10: Different Strokes: Superannuation Schemes Are Being Designed by Successful Men
August 24: The Wild Bunch?: An Inquiry is Needed to Restore Treasury’s Integrity
September 7: A Tale of Two Cities
September 21: Governing the Governor
October 5: Treasury Man: Bernard Carl Ashwin, Secretary to the Nation Building State
October 19: In Dire Straits
November 2: Going to the Wall
November 16: Maori Melting Pot.
November 30: Future Shocks
December 14: The End of the Golden Wether
December 28: Quardle Oodle Ardle: What Happens When An Economist Writes A Poem?

1997 (27)
January 18: The Political Economy of Fish
February 1: Dispirited News
February 15: Ignoring the Critics
March 1: Twist and Shrink
March 15: Profit Or Public Good: There is Logic to Roger Kerr’s Views on Business Responsibility
March 29: Capital Cattle: Are Today’s Students Being Milked by the Older Generation?
April 12: Health Disservice
April 26: Callovers, Chalkies & Chips
May 3: Accounting for A Difference: How Should We Judge Jeff Chapman?
May 17: Regarding Henry
May 31: Team Spirit: Has MMP Ended the Dominance of Cabinet?
June 14: Money Speaks: the Information Battle is Now Fought in the Market Place
June 21: Up in Smoke, Down the Drain: How Tobacco Use and Alcohol Abuse Cost Us $39b (article)
June 28: In the Dark: The State of Research Into the Economy is An Embarrassment
July 12: Baths, Hogwash and Taxes
July 26: Pillow Talk
August 9: The Sweet Hereafter: Will You Be Better Off Under RSS?
August 23: Tapping the Source: Should Water Rights Be Made Tradeable?
September 6: Crisis What Crisis? The Aging Problem Needs to Be Tackled Soberly
September 20: Ups and Downs: Is The Reserve Bank Managing to Control the Exchange Rate?

October 4: Household Gods: Whatever Politicians Say, Children Interests Are Ignored
October 18: Boom and Bust: Can We Learn from the 1987 Crash?
November 1: Deals for the Dealers: How Financiers Were Saved After the Crash
November 15: Divided We Stand: An Accord May Not Be Possible, But Progress on Retirement Policy Is.
November 29: Fiscal Surplus: Social Deficit
December 13: Twenty Years Ago: How Things Changed Over Two Decades
December 27: Out of Tune: Even the Officials Admit the Health Reforms Were Fatally Flawed.

1998 (26)
January 17: Dogma and Dissent: Do We Need An Anti Economist League?
January 31: Money for Jams: the Government Response to Roading Reforms is Commercialisation.
January 31: The Seven Percent Solution: A Background to the Proposed Health Referendum. (Article)
February 14: The Year of the Paper Tiger: Asia is in Economic As Well As Financial Crisis
February 28: Ins and Outs: Will There Be A Snap Election Over Economic Policy?
March 14: You’re on Your Own: the Nanny State Becomes A Hard Taskmaster
March 28: Up in Smoke.
April 11: The Globalisation of Rugby
April 25: Open and Closed: Is the US Economy A Good Model for New Zealand?
May 9: That Sinking Feeling: On Track to Contraction?
May 23: Pressure Point: When Accountants Reign Supreme
June 6: In the Abstract: Will Most of Us Have An Impoverished Retirement?
June 20: Law of the Jungle: Is Ours a Market Raw in Tooth and Claw?
July 4: In Stormy Seas: Can We Cope When a Wave Broadsides Our Economy?
July 18: All for One: Robert Reich’s Recipe Living in a Globalized World
August 1: Swing Low: A Short History of the New Zealand Economy.
August 15: Heretic to High Priest: Krugman ‘Sort Of’ Predicted the Asian Crisis Three Years Ago.
August 29: Risking Dialogue: Electricity Outages Show How Consumers Are Powerless
September 12: Productivity Puzzles:Why is Output Per Worker Growing So Slowly?
September 26: Intrigue and Deep Recession: Something Rotten in the State of the Economy?
October 10: That “D” Word: What Are We Voting for this Week?
October 17: When Capital Flees: the Case for Exchange Controls is Not Out of this World
November 7: Calling the Tune: The Economics of the Arts and the Art of Economics
November 21: History Repeats: When Will Financial Markets Ever Learn?
December 5: The Casino Economy: Using Other People’s Money to Become A Millionaire.
December 19: Fin De Siecle?: Is the Economy at the End of an Era?

1999 (26)
January 2: Economics for Children: C.S. Lewis’s The Voyage of the ‘Dawn Treader’
January 16: The Soros Manifesto
January 30: Tales of SOEs: a Review of Books About Corporatisation
February 13: His Purpose is Clear: Reflecting a Life of Thought and Experience
February 27: Hands Together: How to Get Manufacturing and the Tradeable Sector to Grow
March 13: Questions, Questions, Questions … for Macroeconomic Forecasters
March 27: Weighing it Up: a Case for Government Intervention
April 10: Constant Crises: it is True – There Are More of Them
April 24: Possibilities: Could New Zealand Have a Financial Crisis?
May 8: Means to An End: Social Radicals Who Are Fiscal Conservatives
May 22: View From Abroad: What Do We Know About Economic Growth?
June 5: When Things Go Bump: is Monetary Union a Help or a Hindrance?
June 19: The Green Tiger: The Irish Can Joke About New Zealand
July 3: Rethinking Economic Policy: the Washington Consensus Turns to Custard.
July 17: Electric Rhetoric: Sneering Instead of Thinking
July 31: Kulturekampf: Commercialisation Wars Against Arts
August 14: The State Steps In: Michael Bassett Makes a Case for Intervention
August 28: With a Whimper: Put Public Service Back in the Public Service
September 11: Global Warning: What Would Bruce Jesson Have Said About APEC?
September 25: Picking Winners: the Government Needs to Stimulate Economic Change
October 9: Pop Goes the Bubble? Think of the Sharemarket As a High Chain Letter.
October 23: Data Doldrums: the State of the Economy Won’t Do National Any Favours in the Polls.
November 6: Desperate for Funds: Treating Multiple Sclerosis Raises Questions
November 11: Development As Freedom: a Great Book by a Great Economist.
December 4: Road to Damascus: What is the Third Way? And What Were the First Two?
December 18: Orthodoxy Rules OK: Cullen, Anderton, English and Bradford Would Make a Team.

2000 (28)
January 1: Shakespeare As Economist: The Merchant of Venice
January 15: The Centre Swings: Policies to Win 2002.
January 29: Growth Rings: New Zealander of the Millenium: Tane Mahuta
February 12: Six Pack
February 26: The Cult of the Manager
March 4: Science and Anti-science
March 18: A Pantheon of Seven ….
March 25: Value Added: the Shift to a More Socially Responsible Economic Policy (article)
April 1: Postcard From Arabia
April 15: The Gulf Between East and West
April 29: Free v Fair
May 6: The Anti-Economist Papers, by Paul Bieleski (review)
May 13: Delayed Impact
May 27 : Self-interest Rates
June 10: The (Economic) Life of Harry
June 24: Global Warnings
July 8: Budget Philosophies
July 22: Matter of Opinion
August 5: For Better Or Worse
August 19: The Model Economist: Bryan Philpott (1921-2000)
September 2: Cultural Commerce
September 16: Muldoon’s Mark
September 30: The Experiences of Monetary Union
October 14: Changing Policy Horses: Should the Economic Reforms Be Intensified?
October 28: Does the IMF Work: In Another Great Depression, the Answer May Be No.
November 11 Private Worries: The Story of Our Economy Has Been One Of Debt Crises.
November 25: Closing the Gaps: Policy or Slogan?
December 9: His Way
December 23: The Ultimate Greeting: When Homo Economus Meets Homo Sapiens.

2001 (29)
January 6: Polish Shipyards: Why the Poles Have Done Better Than Us Over the Last Decade
January 13: Measuring Inflation
February 3: Poor Children: The Government Has Not Attended to the Child Poverty Problem
February 17: The G Word. The Benefits of International Intercourse
March 3: Every Vote Counts: A Census for Posterity
March 17: There is A Jungle Out There: The Stock Exchange is where Small Fry Get Eaten by Lions
March 31: Busting Out: Don’t Panic – The US Slump Might Be A Good Thing in the Long Run
April 14: : Official Channels: Broadcasting Will Never Be Just Another Business
April 28: Economy of Substance: What We Can and Can’t Measure
May 12: A Little More Than Kin: Petty Politics and External Threats
May 26: Locked Out: Free Press and Free Economics
June 9: A Surplus of Imitation
June 23: The Budget and the Production Process
July 7: Twenty to Ten: the Emptiness of the Latest Economic Slogan
July 21: Green Light: How Ireland Went From Bust to Boom
August 4: Global Players: The Secret of Some New Zealand Businesses’ Success.
August 18: Something Rotten: The Ship of State Keeps Striking Leaks
September 1: The Knowledge Ripple: Where Were the Academics?
September 15: Waltzing with Matilda
September 29: Copenhagen. Can we really ever Know?
October 13: Low Politics: Local Government and Globalisation are not Mutually Exclusive
October 20: Building A Nation (article)
October 20: Going Down: How Will Terrorists Attacks Really Affect the Global Economy?
November 3: Corporate Crossfire: the Insecurity of Creditors When Companies Collapse
November 17: Who’s Hugh: Review of Battle of the Titans by Bruce Wallace (article)
November 17: A Hubris of Managers: When Corporate Takeovers Go Bad
December 1: Gloomy Days: If Japan and the US Stagnate, Can Europe Drive the World Out Recession
December 15: Peaches, Lemons and Elephants: The 2001 Nobel Economics Prize
December 29: Some Auld Acquaintances

2002 (29)
January 12: Economic Directions: What Does the Government Think It’s Doing
January 26: Being and Doing
February 9: : Dont Cry for Us Argentina
February 16: Mind Your I’s and Q’s (review)
February 23: Terrorism and the WTO: the Importance of the Rule of Law
March 9: Of Roast Pork: Treasury Debates the Economy
March 23: They’re Thinking Big Again: So What’s Wrong with Foreign Investment?
April 6: Guard Dogs That Fail to Bark
April 20: Does Professionalism Matter?
May 4: Cutting of the King’s Head
May 18: Centrifugal Forces
June 1: Pay Later
June 15: Inflation and Reputation: Did the Reserve Bank Slow the Economy Down?
June 29: : Education Factories: Should Schools Be Treated Like Businesses?
July 13: A Beautiful Theory: But it is only a Game
July 27: Corporate Chaos: Is the Collapse of Enron and Worldcom the Beginning of An End?
August 10: Imbalance of Power: Double-dipping Corporations and A Double-dipper Recession
August 24: The Economy and Other Issues: What the Election Campaign Didn’t Tell Us
September 7 : Manure and the Modern Economy: Has Economic Policy Hardly Changed?
September 21: Rank and Relativity: Where are We – and were We – Among the OECD Economies?
October 5: Super-fertile Research: How Farmers and Scientists Innovate
October 12: Money Well Spent: Review of The End and Means of Welfare (review)
October 19: Rhetoric and Iraq: How Much is US Foreign Policy Driven by Oil?
November 2: The Bubble Bursts: A “Millennium Depression”?
November 16: The Borrowers: Don’t Be Too Hasty Condemning So-called Loan Sharks
November 30: Celebrating Educational Achievement: NZ is already in the Top Half of the OECD
14 December: Working Smarter
28 December: High Spirits

2003 (28)
January 11: Money can’t buy you love
January 25: Two Great Economists: Raymond Firth & James Tobin
February 8: The Washington Consensus: When Facts Get in the Way of Economic Orthodoxies
February 22: The Best Deal: How Should We Deal With Monopolies
March 8: Frankenstein’s Corporation
March 22: Busting Booms: Unrealistic Growth Targets Could Sink Us Again
April 5: Air Power: An Answer to Our power Needs May Be Blowing in the Wind
April 19: Disorder Afterwards
Apri 26: Crisis: Collapse of the National Bank of Fiji (Review)
May 3: Socialists of the Heart: Why Does the Left Continue to Avoid Rigorous Economic Argument?
May 17: Treat the Kids: Why Michael Cullen Should Blow a Bit of the Budget Surplus.
May 31: Power Games: The Electricity Crisis is the Result of Bad Economics.
June 14: Recipe for Greed: What Will Happen in Iraq May Be What Happen in Russia
June 29: Deflating News: Just How Sick is the World Economy?
July 5: A Visit to Poyais (Review)
July 12:Road Signals: Who Should Pay for Traffic Decongestion?

July 26: Perfomance Anxiety: Why Incentive systems Fail
August 2: Response to a query on the Exchange Rate
August 9:The Best Democracy Money Can Buy, by Greg Palast (Review)
August 9: Taxing Our Patience
August 16: Globalisation and Its Discontents (Review)
August 23: Rightful Owners
September 6: Waccy Economics: Are There Clear Rules Governing Public Investment?
September 20: Punishing Exports: How Our Monetary Policy Inhibits Growth
October 4: Big Bad World: Is There any Future for New Zealand?
October 18: We Are the World: The Time Has Come to Get Serious About Globalisation
November 1: Competitive Edges: What the New Wave of Trade Theory Can Teach New Zealand
November 15: Old Money: If Life Expectancy is Rising, Should the Age for the Pension Rise, Too?
November 29: Strange Benchmates: Why does the Left hang together and the Right hang separately?
December 13: Stressful Fiscal Sums: Should the Government Spend More and Tax Less?
December 20: Three Short Book Reviews
December 27: Oxytoxic Times: Emotions Are Getting in the Way of Economic Theory

2004 (29)
January 10: A Blooming Future: Are We up to a Good Flower Show?

January 17: Will You Look At That (Review)
January 24: 1999 and All That
February 7: Closing the Credibility Gap: Why Act’s Race-based Welfare Statistics Are Worthless.
February 21: Recovery and Deficit: Where is the US Economy Going?
March 6: Your Friends and Neighbours
March 20: Public Policy and the Maori.
April 3: Currency Appreciation
April 17: Accidents Will Happen
May 1: The Public Domain: Who Will “Own” the Foreshore?
May 15: Nor Any Drop to Drink: Should We Be More Systematic With Water Property Rights?
May 22: 830 New Zealanders Review of A Strange Outcome by John Roy and Allan Parker
May 29: Don’t Tell Anyone
June 12: Export Good, Imports Bad: the American Parliament in Action
June 29: Offshore Debate: Who is Better Off; Who Worse Off?
July 10: Contributions to the Listener 65th Anniversary Issue
July 17: The Unrepentant Reformer: What Does Michael Cullen Think of Rogernomics Now?
July 29: Sugarcoating
August 14: Tax and the Cultural Cringe
August 28: Reforming the RMA
September 11: For Fear of Allah
September 25Choose A Scenario: How Are We Going to Respond to the Doha Round Gains?
October 9: Fa’a Samoa: is the Future of Samoa in New Zealand?
October 23: Lock Into Saving
November 6: Fiscal Foolishness: Imbalanced Tax Cutting is Like Pouring Petrol on A Blazing Barbecue
November 6: The Land-Rover That Time Forgot Review of The Trekka Dynasty by Todd Nial.
November 20: Top Shop
December 4: Gender Sites: The Different Lives Men and Women Lead.
December 18: The Right Stuff

2005 (29)
January 1: Dull, Philistine and Conforming: How Have We Changed Over the Years?
January 15: Free Beer Tomorrow: Yeah Right. No Wonder There is Reform Exhaustion
January 29: A Taxing Year: The Election Rhetoric is Likely to Be About Taxation
February 5: Payback Time
February 12: Testing Economics
February 26: Medical Misadventures: Should Patients Be Compensated for Managerial Failure?
March 12: Yankee Dollar Blues: How Will the US Correct its External Deficit?
March 26: Energy Plan: What Will Happen After Oil Production Peaks?
April 9: Bums on Seats
April 23: Fiscal Management
May 7: Taxing Spending: Should We Think About Introducing A Progressive Expenditure Tax
May 21: The Caring Tax: Why Do We Rate Minding Sheep Ahead of Raising Children?
June 4: Economic Report: Why is the Economy Not Growing Faster?
June 18: Amorous Or Amiable?
July 2: Non & Nee for the European Constitution
July 16: Europe Moves East: We Need to Change Our Perspective on Europe
July 30: What Does Reform Mean?
August 13: Euro Quandaries: Should A Country Exit the Euro Area?
August 27: Rabin s Law
September 10: What Are the Tax Cuts About?
September 10: Everything in Moderation (Long Version)
September 24: Heart Gains: David Hay, Pioneer Cardiac Physician
October 8: It’s the Economy, Stupid: the Election Was Not About the Economy. Why?
October 22: Avoiding Global Meltdown: How the IMF Lost Battles But Won the War
November 5: Goals and Values: Bruce Jesson was not just a journalist but a political economist
November 19: Business Vision: How to get government and business to work together?
December 3: The Rise and Fall of Department Stores
December 17: Dateline Hong Kong: What will Happen in the Doha Round?
December 31: Valuing Immigrants: Ans Westra’s photographs raise many challenges.

January 14: Hard Grind Ahead
January 28: Enron and the Law
February 11: Our Treaty: What Can the Treaty of Waitangi Mean Today?

February 25: Ethnicity and the Census: Statistcs New Zealand asks ‘Whaddarya?’
March 11: Macro-economic Thinking: Why Have the Do-nothing Policies of the 1980s Gone Out of Fashion?
March 25: Undermining Governance: Small Countries Like New Zealand Have A Comparative Advantage in Good Government
April 8: Global First: Can We Transform Auckland From A Gateway City to A Global One?

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